The run up to the Fidelity Cross Island Relay is about to take its final turn.
Runners across the Cayman Islands are currently gearing up their training in preparation for the annual competition, which is set to take place this Sunday, 3 February.
Running club Hash House Harriers is responsible for organising the event and club spokesman Paul Schreiner says they are hoping for a record-breaking event this year.
“We are hoping for a record entry of 100 relay teams this year,” Schreiner confirms. “Each year we are continually impressed by the solid turnout and this year we anticipate we will see the greatest number of entrants ever. The Fidelity Cross Island Relay has become a regular fixture on everyone’s calendar.”
The race begins at 6am sharp near Collier’s Beach in East End and will finish at Smith’s Cove in South Sound, with awards presented there at 10am. The route is similar to last year, although there have been some slight modifications to make it safer and faster. Full details will be provided in the race packet or can be viewed on the Hash website at caymanhash.com.
Trophies will be awarded to the first five teams in the Open Division, the first three teams in the Ladies Only Division and the first three teams in the Corporate Division, where all six runners must work at the same company. Teams are made up of six different runners, who are each required to run a four mile leg.
Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to provide water at the half-way mark on each leg and there will be refreshments at Smith Cove. Teams are required to provide water for their runners at the end of each leg.
Fidelity’s Vice President and Regional Marketing Manager Tom Gammage says Fidelity is delighted to be part of such a popular annual activity, working alongside the Hash House Harriers.
“Our annual Cross Island Relay attracts increasing levels of support each year, which is a sure sign that more and more people are embracing a healthier lifestyle and enjoying the camaraderie of the event,” Gammage said.
“We also note that competition is becoming increasingly fierce when it comes to winning the coveted title of Fidelity Cross Island Relay Champions. The fastest time ever recorded was 2 hours 14 minutes 3.7 seconds, which was achieved by the Hash House Harriers ‘A’ Team back in 1982.
“This year we understand that there is a ‘Dream Team’ seeking to break the record, so we encourage all prospective entrants to don their running shoes now and get up to speed for the main event!”
Preregistration for the event is available by logging onto caymanactive.com/register. Packet pick up and in-person registration is being held between mid-day and 4pm this Saturday, 2 February, at the base of the Observation Tower in Camana Bay. There will be no registration on the day of the event.
To learn more about the Fidelity Cross Island Relay, visit caymanhash.com or e-mail [email protected]